"We are against those violence and crime perpetrated by the security forces in the name of Operation Green Hunt. The villagers are unarmed and peaceful by nature. In the face of such serious deprivation, can they be in a position to launch attacks against the state?" said Prabha Lakra, a social activist.
Lakra also alleged that the police had virtually blocked the villagers of the region from entering the town to stop them from participating in the demonstration.
"I had gone to a village near Latehar district here, where young women were thrashed and molested by the security forces. There is rampant lawlessness in the region, and crime is thriving across the state," said K N Pandit, a labour union leader.
'Operation Green Hunt' was launched by the government against Maoist in the affected zones of east India in order to flush them out of the jungle bases.
Many Maoist rebels in recent months have been active in rural areas of central and eastern India and often attack railway lines and mining operations to cripple activity.